While I love slathering my mush with a bounty of fancy face masks, there's something about whipping up my own cosmetic concoction, that I love; presumably due to my enchantment with all things edible and their effects. Today I'll be sharing the recipe for my pore purifying, skin sloughing, bacteria blasting miracle mask - perfect for oily skinned owners, prone to blemishes and uneven skin tone.
The ingredients for this recipe cost no more than £7.00 - not bad, huh?! Especially when you consider how many batches that'll provide you with. Furthermore, you're likely to have most of these things in your store cupboard.
What you will need:
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of oats
Like honey, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties; aiding the reduction of inflammation and inhibiting micro-organism (bacteria, to you and I) growth. The AHA's (Alpha Hydroxyl Acids) found in apple cider vinegar help to remove debris from the pores and dissolve dead skin cells. Additionally, it treats blemishes, minimizes the appearance of pores and restores the skin' natural pH balance. Oatmeal absorbs and removes excess oil and exfoliates dead skin cells.
Whizz the oats up in a food processor until they're almost a sawdust-like consistency. This step isn't compulsory, but it will ensure the mask doesn't fall swiftly from your face; creating a Mrs Doubtfire type situation. Combine the honey, cinnamon and vinegar in a small bowl, ensuring to adequately bind all of the ingredients together. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may wish to reduce the quantity of apple cider vinegar slightly. Pour in the ground oats, give it a good stir and you're done. Simple, right? If the consistency isn't as thick as you'd like, just add in more oats.
Applying this mask with fingers is best; it really helps to melt the product in to the skin. Leave it on for around 5-10 minutes, before rinsing clean with warm water. I like to give the mixture a little massage around my mug before completely rinsing; the oats make for a lovely, gentle exfoliant.
Et voilà, clarified, smooth, comforted skin!
Do you have any DIY recipes?